Our full deployment schedule is more complex and will change, but the list below gives an approximate guide to the work which is currently underway.
The focus right now is on preparing the core services for IPv6 support. Part of this will require some funding from the university, which IT Services has applied for.
- Older switch hardware performing IPv6 functions in software will be replaced. Since the last backbone upgrade all major devices (i.e. the routers and FroDos) support IPv6 routing and switching in hardware. This item applies to older devices in remote data centres.
- Routing of IPv6 will be enabled on the university backbone.
- Underlying core service software (e.g. DNS) will be upgraded and tested.
- Supporting services (e.g. NTP, Web Proxy) will be upgraded to support IPv6 in readiness, despite not being reachable via IPv6 at the time of configuration.
- A test wireless network will be the first network to have IPv6 enabled, as it does not depend on the IP Address Management systems and is separate to other production university network services.
- IPv6 will be ready for university IT support staff to deploy locally.